In my travels, I have run into a few lucky folks who have discovered long-lost relatives. This has never actually happened to me, but today I did have a somewhat similar experience. In looking for something else, I stumbled across the existence of the American College of Veterinary Radiology, the ACVR. Here we have an entire parallel universe, a completely new set of radiologists that work with other species! Truly our professional cousins.
There turns out to be a lot that I didn’t know about this. There are dozens of veterinary residency programs, a three year program, and there is a written and an oral board for certification. Most important of all, there is even a Society of Veterinary Nuclear Medicine, but one has to have a password to get into their site.
Having once performed a bone-scan on a tree kangaroo, and an upper GI on a large bird, both from our local zoo, I feel definate kinship with this new-found branch of the radiology tree. I wonder if there is any reciprocal agreement for crossing over from one to the other….